Searching for a safe place to reside, the frightened Chinese found Chicago and transformed it into a place of their own: Chinatown.
Chinatown is bordered by the Chicago River on the north, Clark Street to the east, 26th Street on the south, and Halsted Avenue to the west. More than 6,400 are residents in Chinatown, with 7,254 overall in the neighborhood, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
With the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, Chinese immigrants were out of a job. Chicago was one of the places the workers settled. Because they weren’t trusted, they created jobs to help them get by. They mainly opened up laundromats and restaurants.
Authentic restaurants are one of the many features found in Chinatown that make the Chinese cultures and beliefs visibly dominant. The restaurants provide the visiting and resident Chinese with a feeling of home. Rashaan Liddell, docent for Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, gave insight to Chinatown’s finest and most popular restaurants.
“This is the Phoenix restaurant…its very well-known for dim sum cuisine… This is the food that is very popular in Hong Kong”, said Liddell.
When walking through Chinatown, visitors will see an array of diverse restaurants.
“It has a wide variety… all of the dishes have things to distinguish them”, said Cynthia Young, 21, a worker at Loa Sze Chuan.